I've been looking for awhile. I was impressed by the Dell Inspiron series-- particularly its recommendation from other people here and its sexy 15" screen-- but didn't find the prospect of lugging an eight-pound laptop through airports appealing. So I started looking at somewhat lighter notebooks-- something around five pounds, with a 14.1" screen (for movies on the plane :D).
To make a long story short, I narrowed my choices down to the IBM Thinkpad T series.
My lofty goal: get a good one for under a grand, before I go to Florida.
The T30 is gorgeous-- and completely out of my league. The T23 is more than I want to spend... so I've been looking for a Pentium III T20, T21 or T22. I've scrolled through pricewatch and pricegrabber. I've scoured ebay and half.com.
And then I found it. And it was better than I'd hoped.
My very own Thinkpad T23 for under a grand.
Intel® Pentium® III Mobile 1.1GHz Processor (Pentium III - M speedstep)
128MB SDRAM PC133 Memory
30GB Hard Drive
14.1-inch TFT Active Matrix XGA Display
S3Graphics SuperSavage Video
16-bit SoundBlaster Pro Compatible Audio
Integrated V.92 56k data/fax Modem
Integrated 10/100Mbps NIC
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional
AGP Graphics Engine (4X)
Video Memory: 16MB
Maximum Resolution: 1024X768
MPEG-1/2 full motion video playback
2 SO-DIMM slots, 1 may be available
Maximum Memory: 1GB (1024MB)
PC Card Type:
Two Type I/II or one Type III slot
32-bit Cardbus ready
TrackPoint with "Press-to-Select"
USB = 2
Serial = 1
Parallel = 1 (ECP/EPP Support)
VGA (CRT Monitor)
PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard port
Weight & Dimensions:
12" (W) x 9.8" (D) x 1.3" (H)
Weight: 5.19 lbs.
HIGHEST LEVEL OF QUALITY: "AS NEW."
When a customer purchases brand new merchandise from a store or web site and returns it. The manufacturer inspects the merchandise, certifies that all materials are included and the item is in good working order, tests and re-packages the merchandise and offers it for sale as "Factory Recertified."
Manufactured by: IBM
Manufacturer Part No: RB-2647XX8
Shipping Weight: 20.0 pounds
Limited Warranty: 3 months parts; 3 months labor
Frankly, I'd rather buy IBM factory-recertified w/ 3-months parts/labor than a used item with a year or more left on the original warranty. Heck, I'd have been happy with refurbished.
This is the best price I've seen. The only thing that even came close was the newT23 w/ P3 1GHz and 20 Gig HDD for $1200 (with IBM's original 3-YEAR warranty intact)... but I'd never heard of the company before, and I got a bad feeling about it.
This was the last one the company had in stock... so there exists the chance that somebody snagged it before me. I'll know after 5pm. If that's the case, I'll either suckitup and pay the extra $200 for the new one, or keep scouring ebay and resellers for another (preferably with more ram, and maybe the dvd/cdrw combo).
In any case, I'll have one soon. Probably this one :D
Wow. First I got a microwave, then a PDA, now a laptop.
Someday I will get cable and officially join the 21st century ;)